You might say the Chuck Berry invented Rock and Roll. Elvis is the King and Wanda is the Queen.
Agreed with the King and Queen!!! and I like Chuck but to me it was these few guys that started it all.....
Tbone Walker, Wynonie Harris and Jimmy Liggins were swinging like big dogs and at the same time Ike Turner's band (Kings of Rhythm) called the Delta Cats for the record, and backed singer Jackie Brenston to cut "Rocket 88" with Sam Phillips in Memphis in early 51. This record is the beginning...it has the 12 bar rock and roll shuffle, it has the wailing sax and most importantly the guitar boogie-woogie fingers of Willie Kizart through his busted up amplifier (stuffed with paper after it was dropped) and the distorted rockin tone that they decided to use anyway....that started it all.https://youtu.be/Gbfnh1oVTk0
This is it...have a listen!!! This rocks!!!
Years and years ago while visiting Memphis for Graceland and Sun Studios I got to see that amplifier (still on display at Sun) and stand in the room where the million dollar quartette recorded...it was amazing to stand at the alter of rock and roll :)